technology group to pay more than $1 million in a patent infringement lawsuit. it surrounded technology used to increase the accuracy of hard disks. because the jury found the infringement was willful, the trial judge could triple the award to $3 billion. >>> christmas trees will be coming down at homes around the bay area. and in san francisco today, workers from ecology demonstrated how the trees would be turned into power. what is left of the trees goes sgo into a furnace which drives an electrical generator. managers say for ecology say for this to happen, ornaments and decorations need to be off the tree. >> if the lights and ornaments are still on it, we can't put it in the chipper, it will contaminate the load and ruin the product. >> tree cology plans to continue picking up trees on a regular schedule. they're set to recycle about 500 tons of trees. >>> stormy weather brought some trees down as well. let's check in with bill martin and see what's going on outside. >> it's been a wet winter for sure. the rainfall around here, we're over 160% average for rainfall for this time of year.